THE DEVON Millington-led Sparta Boss lineup last Tuesday night emulated Bent Street and Ballerz, by finishing their preliminary round matches in the inaugural Petra Organisation/Guyana Beverage Inc. Busta soft shoe football tournament, which is being contested at the Georgetown Football Club ground, unbeaten.Having seen Ballerz top Group C and Bent Street do the same in Group D, Sparta Boss whose lineup includes Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson, faced Alexander Village in their last group match and thanks to a Sheldon Shepherd brace, came away with a 3-2 victory.
Shepherd scored his double in the 9th and 21st minutes while Dennis Edwards added his solitary strike in the 22nd to hand Sparta the win, even as Leon Yaw (16th) and Shem Porter (24th) tried to keep Alexander Village in the hunt for an upset victory.
The night’s action commenced with Sophia and D’Urban Street playing to a 2-2 draw, with goals coming off the boot of Dwayne Lowe who got a double for Sophia in the 4th and 12th minutes, after seeing Jermaine Gilbert register the tournament’s fastest goal with his 23-second strike for D’Urban Street along with Quincy Ashby’s 30th minute goal which earned them the draw.
North East La Penitence finally managed a win, saving the best for last when they defeated Holmes Street-Tiger Bay 3-2, thanks to goals from Shaquille Browne (1st and 12th) and Omari Wilson (19th) even as Jahaal Greaves (10th and Joel Bond (23rd) responded for the losers.
North Ruimveldt ensured Back Circle finished the tournament badly, by edging them 2-1, Nichosie Barker (10th) and Gerald Gittens (28th) being their goalscorers, with Devon Harris (18th) notching one back for Back Circle.
Charlestown and California Square played to a 3-3 draw, even as West Back Road were held to a 1-1 draw by Queen Street-Tiger Bay. In the round-of-16 action teams will be given the boot from here onwards once they lose. The tournament will continue tonight at the same venue with four matches.
Cross Street/Werk-en-Rust, who qualified as one of the best third-placed teams, will look to do much better when they face Alexander Village in the opening fixture for the night, followed by Ballerz meeting Queen Street-Tiger Bay, who finished second to West Front Road in Group A.
Up next would be West Front Road who will battle North East La Penitence, another third-place qualifier, this time out of Group D. The night’s action culminates with Group F leaders Festival City and Group D runners-up Albouystown taking the field.
By Calvin Roberts